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Pivec urges sustainable practices and local food at Agra fair


Pivec's virtual address to Agra, traditionally taking place in the town of Gornja Radgona but this time mostly limited to the web, stressed that the crisis might not be over yet and that food subsistence in Slovenia can be improved.

The agriculture, food and forestry minister called for innovative ways of transferring knowledge among all stakeholders, the encouraging of environment-friendly technology and targeted financial of quality research projects.

Pivec said that strategic supply chains will need to be secured and key parts of the chain supported through locally or at least regionally produced and processed food. "We owe this to all the residents of Slovenia," she said.

The ministry will also present its efforts in the digital segment of Agra. Locally produced food will be among the focus areas, while the ministry will also present farming as a modern profession while giving special attention to young farmers and their future.

The forestry segment at Agra will highlight the importance of forest etiquette and, 2020 being the
International Year of Plant Health, the fair will also point to the dangers of introducing non-native plants to the local environment.

This-year Agra will also feature some live events in Gornja Radgona from 25 to 27 September. The on-site events will include model plantations, a produce market, a 3D experience and a day dedicated to the Austrian state of Styria.

The organisers, Pomruski Sejem, announced the web version of Agra will stay active for at least six months.


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